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German measles

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noun Pathology.
  1. rubella.

Origin of German measles

First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for german measles

German measles

  1. (functioning as singular) a nontechnical name for rubella
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german measles in Medicine

German measles

  1. rubella

german measles in Science

German measles

  1. An infectious disease caused by the rubella virus of the genus Rubivirus, characterized by mild fever and skin rash. German measles can cause congenital defects if a woman is exposed during early pregnancy. Also called rubella

german measles in Culture

German measles

An acute and contagious disease, caused by a virus, producing symptoms milder than those usually associated with measles.


German measles can cause severe congenital defects in the developing embryo or fetus of a woman who contracts the disease in her first three months of pregnancy.
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